Hotels in California

Centrally located in downtown Avalon, and within walking distance of the beach, this upscale hotel is a mix of guest rooms and mini-suites, plus its two-bedroom Beach House. Accommodations in the VIP wing come with a water view and extras like whirlpool bathtubs and fireplaces.

Just steps from the Boardwalk, the property offers ocean views from every room and a neo-boho attitude that jibes with Santa Cruz’s surf-city heritage. Some of the 22 rooms have fireplaces.

This 14-acre resort filled with gardens and quiet indoor-outdoor spaces has been a desert resort for celebrities and the jet set crowd since the 1960’s. Rooms give a nod to contemporary design, and include all-white, four-poster beds.

The two-mile Horse Camp Trail (a nice hike in its own right) brings you to the Sierra Club Foundation’s Shasta Alpine Lodge, base camp for most climbers.

San Franciscans are obsessed with views, and the Loews Regency indulges them: its 158 guest rooms occupy the 38th to 48th floors of a downtown tower that’s the third tallest, at present, in the city (the lobby and restaurant are down at ground level).

The original austerity boot camp incorporates lengthy hikes and 1,000-calorie vegan days. Famous guests: Oprah Winfrey, Ashley Judd, Cindy Crawford.

Along with more expected amenities, like a swimming pool and large, comfortable rooms, the property offers fanciful gardens that will grab the imagination of any dreamy child. (Check out the “bed” of flowers.)

Just an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Area restaurateur Pat Kuleto's 1930’s-era fishing lodge looks straight out of an Edward Hopper painting with its rusted gas pumps and vintage Coca-Cola signs.

Stars like Elvis Presley, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra lounged around the Riviera Resort and Spa in the 1960's. In 2008, renovations from a $70 million budget brought the legendary Palm Springs hotel back with retro Hollywood Glam.

Gorgeously revived in 2006 by hotelier Jeff Klein, this 1929 Art Deco landmark was once an apartment building to the stars (John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra all had crash pads here).

Terranea is the ultimate stay-cation for L.A. locals.